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Prince George debate on proportional representation set for Oct. 13

To heck with a debate between Premier John Horgan and Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, Prince George is having its own debate on the upcoming proportional representation referendum.

The Prince George Chamber of Commerce and the University of British Columbia will be hosting a debate on Saturday, October 13 in the Canfor Room at UNBC from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

With the Government of B.C. announcing a referendum on the electoral system, between the current first-past-the-post system and proportional representation, the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) have partnered to present a debate on the merits of both the current system and proposed systems.

Both provincially accredited agencies have been engaged to provide debaters. Fair Vote BC has requested Peter Ewart debate on their behalf and the No BC Proportional Representation Society will be sending the former Liberal MLA Suzanne Anton.

Gary. N. Wilson (Moderator):

Professor, Department of Political Science Acting Chair, Department of First Nations Studies Coordinator, Northern Studies Program.

Hon. Suzanne Anton, Q.C. (No Proportional Representation Society):

Suzanne Anton was elected MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview on May 14, 2013, and was appointed Attorney General and Minister of Justice on June 10, 2013. Before politics, Suzanne was a Crown counsel and a math teacher. She received a degree in Mathematics from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of British Columbia.

Peter Ewart (from Stand Up for the North):

Peter Ewart is a local columnist and writer; community activist, and spokeperson for the Stand Up for the North Committee.

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